The Who: Daltrey and Townshend go to war

Band feud over charity webcasts

An inter-band feud has errupted in The Who over charity webcasts.

The band have been offering live webcasts of their European tour dates at their website thewholive.tv for $10, with proceeds going to charity.

However according to posts on guitarist Pete Townshend‘s website petetownshend.co.uk, singer Roger Daltrey has disagreed with elements of the project and they are going to stop.

Townshend has written: “Roger seems to think when I provide bandwidth for The Who website, and for live streaming, he is being exploited in some way and wants a piece of the future ‘profit’. Don’t think there is much chance of profit when it is all aimed at charity.”

Daltrey seems to be unconvinced that the web has any real contribution to make to our career, and I am not going to spend any more time or money mortgaging my half of the stage,” the guitarist writes.

Townshend has set up a Hotmail address for fans to email Daltrey directly to help change his mind, it is thegreatevilweb@hotmail.com.

Laying bare their relationship in his posts , Townshend has written: “Roger is my partner in The Who. He is not my partner in anything else. We love each other but we are not regular social buddies like Bono and The Edge, we do not discuss or share ideas, and we have no unified joint vision of strategy for The Who or for creative projects in general.”

He has also posted about the band’s new album: “I am mixing the last few tracks of the new Who record at my house in France. It’s starting to sound pretty good.”

As previously reported by NME.COM the album will be the band’s first studio album since 1982’s ‘It’s Hard’.